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    25 Things You'll Probably Want To Buy For Your First Car

    Or your second car, or third car, or millionth car.

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    1. A Bluetooth transmitter for making (safe!) hands-free phone calls, listening to your favorite FM radio stations, or jamming to your music from your phone all while being able to charge up.

    Screen shows incoming call numbers, voltage levels in car battery, volume, FM frequency, and song name while playing music from a Micro SD card or USB flash drive. There are dual USB ports and an easy power off switch. It's universally compatible.

    Promising review: "This device is amazing! The sound is crystal clear, it is super easy to set up, and it pairs automatically each time I turn the vehicle on. Great purchase and I am very satisfied." —Juan Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A two-port USB charger so you can keep your phone at 100, even if your speedometer is at 0.


    Compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod, HTC, Galaxy, Blackberry, MP3 players, digital cameras, PDA's, and other kinds of mobile phones.

    Promising review: "This charger is awesome. I always hated how slow car chargers typically are. We all have them — the gas station charger that will barely keep the phone alive, and only if you aren't using it. This is not like that. This is just as fast as the lightning charger in the wall. Plugged it in on one percent and in no time i was at 30%. We have used it with Galaxy and iPhone. Even at the same time. Highly recommend." —Logan H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors).

    3. A cordless vacuum that'll clear away all those crumbs from those times when you just HAD to devour a family-sized bag of sour cream and onion chips like a lion munching away at its prey.


    Features a lightweight, portable design and utilized lithium technology for strong suction and extended run time.

    Promising review: "Excellent little dust buster. Will easily suck up kitty litter, small pebbles, and grit off the floor of my car. It seems to hold a charge for a good length of time too. I’m really happy with it. This is my second one, and I’ve bought three as gifts." —E. Constable

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (originally $39.99).

    4. A digital tire gauge to make checking your tire pressure easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, especially if you're someone who knows, like, nothing about cars, except for how to drive them.


    The digital display shows the exact reading, so no guesswork involved! It has a simple push button control to turn on, and it automatically shuts off after 30 seconds to save the batteries. A soft, non-slip surface means easy, comfy gripping.

    Promising review: "This digital tire gauge works perfectly. My Mercedes is equipped with tire pressure sensors and every once in a while it will put a warning up on the dash display that the tire pressures are incorrect. I had one of the cheapy pocket tire gauges and it doesn't give an accurate reading. This digital gauge gives me the pressure reading down to the tenths of a PSI. Love it and it is simple now to get the CORRECT pressure on the tires." —BlueMax

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    5. A headlight restoration kit so you can ensure the safety of yourself and others by driving with clear, working lights. Because it's really dangerous driving with them all fogged up... don't do it!

    Wipe New

    Each kit includes one precision Wipe-It infused with Wipe New solution, one professional Lens Polishing Pad, one pair of nitrile gloves, and one microfiber towel to give your headlights a streak-free finish. One application is expected to last your headlights for years!

    Promising review: "If I could give it 10 stars, I would! My headlights were so bad, I couldn't see anything at night. My boyfriend went to Walmart and got this stuff. I got up the next morning and I swear it looked like he went and bought brand new headlights. Would totally recommend this to anyone!!" —Sara

    Get it from Walmart for $8.88, or Target for $8.89.

    6. A front seat cover for when you wanna bring your furry friend along for the ride, but don't want their fur sticking onto those gorgeous leather seats.


    Promising review: "No worry about dirt, dander, or claw marks on my car anymore! Used it for several days while car traveling with my husky, and it worked perfectly. Finally found something durable to protect my car, so I can drive anywhere with my buddy. This was just what I needed, and I couldn't be happier." —kyra

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. A trash can that'll make bottles and wrappers on the floor of your car a thing of the past. Now you can hide the evidence of yesterday's late night Taco Bell run.


    Promising review: "Love it! It's great to have a trash can in the car that's not a total eyesore. I love that it's waterproof, so I don't have to buy bags for it. I liked it so much that I bought a second one for my boyfriend's car." —Ashley A. Wolfe

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

    8. A 42-piece AAA road kit to temporarily save you from being stuck on the side of the road when a problem hits! It'll hold you over until you can get some professional help.


    This kit includes 8 ft. 8 gauge jumper cables, an aluminum flashlight and batteries, a 2-in-1 screwdriver, duct tape, an emergency poncho, shop cloth 5 cable ties, 20 bandages, four towelettes, a reusable zipper lock bag, a AAA membership brochure, AAA accident guidelines, and of course a carry case.

    Promising review: "Thankfully I have never had to use this yet, and hopefully will never have to, but this is still great. It has everything you need in it. It’s also pretty compact so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your car. I have a small Toyota Corolla so trunk space is pretty limited and this being in there does not hinder my ability to fit a lot of stuff in my trunk. I love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.71 (originally $42.84).

    9. A keychain car escape tool you should keep handy in case of an emergency we hope you don't find yourself in, but want you to be prepared for just in case.


    Promising review: "It's really smart to make this product small enough to put onto a key chain. I chose to hang it from my rearview mirror because, in a crash, with the airbag deployed, I imagine it would be difficult to reach the ignition, but easier to reach the device hanging from the mirror. It's small enough to be unobtrusive. I don't even notice it there. We tested it on a block of wood, as suggested by another review. It worked perfectly. The price is good, too." —TL in SB

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in seven colors).

    10. A two-pack of tire traction tools for seriously helping when it comes to having to back your car out of the driveway or a parking spot in a snow storm.


    These also work against mud and sand!

    Promising review: "I bought these for my sister, she lives in the mountains of North Carolina. She said these literally saved her life one night when she was stuck in the snow on a back road by herself with no cellphone reception. It's a great gift for anyone who drives virtually anywhere, especially in the snow, mud, or sand." —Kenneth V.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    11. A sunshade windshield cover to place over your car WHILE YOU'RE NOT DRIVING IT so it doesn't overheat. Don't you just hate when your vehicle feels like a boiling pot of pasta and your legs stick to the hot seats like glue?!


    One size fits most cars.

    Promising review: "I was worried it might not fit, but it fit perfectly fine in my Dodge Charger. It was so nice leaving work and not getting into a roasting hot car. Good quality, will buy again if needed. I am happy with this purchase." —Amanda DS

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes).

    12. A portable air compressor for when you're far from a gas station and the pressure in your tires either needs a quick check or quick fill until you can get there.


    You must run your engine while using this. This is good for small ATV's, trucks, SUV's, and sedans with tires up to 33" in size.

    Promising review: "This air pump is the real deal, it inflates really well. The only thing you need to know is you will lose a small amount of air pressure when you unscrew the connector from the valve stem. The remedy for this is to add a pound or two more air then required so when you unscrew the connector the air you lose will be compensated for. Also, the instructions tell you to start the engine before turning on the pump — this is a really good idea as this air pump draws a lot of voltage." —DWM Jr

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99.

    13. A tire shining kit that may have you standing on the top of your car once you're done using it and channeling your inner Danny Zuko. Just make sure the top of the car stays clean from the bottoms of your dirty shoes, too.

    It comes with a microfiber applicator!

    Promising review: "I have only had to use the spray twice in a month and a half and the only reason for the second use was I put my car through an automatic car wash. If it wasn't for that I would still be on one use. My friend thought I never drive my car because the tires look brand new every time I see him. I also use it on the plastic parts on the outside of my car and it's just as amazing. Definitely buying again when I run out." —A. Glaza

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    14. And while you're at it, you're gonna want to also add some wheel cleaner to your cart. Who has the sharpest ride around town now? That's right, you do!

    This is safe to use on various wheel finishes including chrome, aluminum, steel, clear-coated, PVD, painted, plastic wheel covers, magnesium, and aftermarket wheels.

    Promising review: "It will take one look from your friends to say. 'Did you buy some new wheels?' This stuff is absolutely amazing. For the full effect, dismount your wheel, spray the back. Go do something for 10 minutes. Wash with water, no scrubbing needed. Turn the rim face up, do it again. Do the rest of your rims, and don't forget the tire protectant when you reinstall them. This stuff will handle salt, road tar, off-road dirt and mud; you get it dirty, it comes clean. Where was this stuff when I was racing off-road?" —johnfcon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.63.

    15. A car diffuser will allow you to enjoy some aromatherapy on-the-go, plus your car is gonna smell SO YUMMY. OMG, next time you go on a road trip, can I come with?


    This easily clips onto the air vent in your car and comes with eight cotton pads of different colors you can wash and reuse to match your mood. All you have to do is apply three to five drops of an essential oil of your choosing to the pad, and voila! Let it work its magic! If you need some essential oils to get started, check out this variety pack.

    Promising review: "This diffuser is stylish and easy to attach. I can't tolerate synthetic scents so this is a great alternative. Depending on the oil you are using, some scents need to be reapplied more frequently. Overall, I'm really happy with this product." —shelbyroad

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A windshield to shield your front windows from getting all snow-covered and frosty — because who the heck wants to stand out in the frigid cold and scrape ice off, while waiting on the de-froster to heat up. Not me, not you, not anyone.


    This is water-, dust-, sun-, and frost-proof, and fire-retardant! Just keep this covered on your vehicle while it's parked in the driveway or a parking lot, peel it off before getting in the car, and no snow/ice scraping needed!

    Promising review: "This is the best windshield cover I ever bought, it stays put, non-sticky to the windshield, cover from snow, and easy to remove, love to use it before a snow storm. I am thinking of buying another one for my back windshield." —Catzzzz

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. A six-pack of activated charcoal deodorizing bags for keeping the scent of your automobile fresh, no matter how many green juices are spilled, on-the-go containers of tuna fish are opened, or cheeses are cut (🌬️) inside.


    Promising review: "These work pretty well for what they are. I like that they don’t make a smell to mask odors, like a candle or some chemical plug-in. I use it around the cat litter, in cars, and shoes. Definitely worth the money. Simple, basic, clean, and I just set them outside to refresh them once a month." —Lance

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    18. A waxer/polisher to restore your vehicle's exterior to a condition even the dealership would be jealous of.


    Features a comfortable, two-handle design so your arms don't get tired while using. Includes a 6 in. random orbit waxer/polisher and one foam applicator bonnet. Runs on a random orbit at 4,4000 orbits per minute.

    Promising review: "For the price, this is a good option. It is good for waxing/buffing your vehicle, as long as it is a basic job. I wish I would have bought something a bit more powerful for the specific need I have, but for the price I can't complain. For the regular home use, it's perfect. Black & Decker seems to put out decent options on tools at an affordable price. They always seem to be good for the average user who doesn't use the tool for professional daily use, but rather is perfect for at home repair/maintenance jobs." —Scandaljoe

    Get it from Amazon for $28.69.

    19. A car phone holder for an easier and safer way of looking at your phone's GPS. Looking down means completely taking your eyes off the road which is a major NO-NO!


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this phone car mount. Incredibly secure hold not only on the dashboard, but with my phone. I like that it has an opening at the bottom so that I can run my USB charging cord to the phone when my phone is mounted. I tried the vent one, but the mount wouldn't stay in the vent. The CD kind was not an option for my car. Plus, this holder's ability to pivot 225 degrees made all the difference. I can keep it in eyesight without it taking up too much of my vision out." —crimscrem

    Get it from Amazon for $19.47/air vent, $19.95/CD slot, or $24.24/dash + windshield.

    20. A carpet spot removal spray to target annoying stains. Messes are bound to happen. Whether it's from a child, pet, friend, or you, this stuff is gonna help you stop spending hours deciding who to blame the spill on this time.

    Good for removing spots and stains from colorfast carpet, rugs, upholstery, and clothing without leaving a sticky residue or needing to rinse or vacuum. To use, apply to the stain, gently agitate with your fingers, and blot with absorbent cloth. This is non-toxic and should be non-irritating on the skin!

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car when I bought it. I tried other cleaners to get it out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20 (originally $16.40).

    21. A heated seat cushion for making even the oldest, most rugged of cars, feel like a luxury vehicle.


    Just plug it into your car's 12-volt DC outlet. The max heating temp. is 114 degrees F, and it has hi/lo/off temp. controls.

    Promising review: "Best product ever. I was in a hit and run back in 2012 and my spine was fractured. This little number is in my car at all times and I have one at my desk at home. My spinal pain will always be there for life but this makes it go away by at least 70%. I have lower, middle, and upper spine pain. This heated seat cushion helps my entire back. MY SAVING GRACE!" —MsAmysGems

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (originally $25.93).

    22. A scratch remover so the next time you get back to your car and realize the person who parked next to you was not the best or most considerate driver, you don't have to panic about getting it fixed.

    Promising review: "I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn't take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I'm glad that I didn't pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!" —Bonnie Walton

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    23. A car air mattress perfect for bringing along on a camping trip when the thought of sleeping in a tent is a no-go, or bringing on a road trip, when the idea of spending a ton of money on a hotel is a "nuh-uh honey," from your wallet.


    Comes with one air mattress, two inflatable pillows (random colors), one inflator/deflator pump, and one storage bag!

    Promising Review: "I have to say that this is amazing! This bed can be used in a truck or the back of a car, which is so practical. The machine it comes with helps it inflate quickly. It can also be used anytime you're camping, not just in a car. It shocked me how spacious the back seat was with this air mattress. And the cushion is very comfortable. It's easily portable because it's not heavy at all. Such good quality!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors).

    24. A glass cleaning tool that'll make your windows look brand new, which is good! So you can, you know, see through them without dusty crap blocking your views of the road.


    Includes two washable, reversible, and reusable microfiber cleaning bonnets and a mesh storage bag. A pivoting triangular head makes it easy to adapt to curved surfaces.

    Promising review: "Finally a tool that makes it easy to clean the inside of your cars windshield. The plastic seems very durable. The handle is rubberized, and is very comfortable. Different accessories/attachments that make getting those stubborn bug stains off your windshield. I'd definitely recommend this product to family and friends." —MegaDave

    Get it from Amazon for $14.58.

    25. And last, but MOST CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, a car sauce dip clip to ensure you always have a second pair of hands to hold your dipping sauces while driving — it's a very important part of the driving while eating chicken nuggets and/or french fries process, OK?!


    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.60+ (available in two colors, and two sizes).

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